Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Biological and Health Sciences Division
9 hours lecture, 6 hours laboratory. This course meets 2 times per quarter.1 Unit

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 15 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 Lecture Hours: .75 Lab Hours: .5 Lecture/Lab:
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: ActiveGrading: Letter Grade with P/NP option
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 Degree or Certificate Requirement: Certificate of Achievement,   AS Degree
 GE Status: Non-GE

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: CSUValidation: 1/27/11

1. Description -
Principles and practices utilized in the design, implementation, and maintenance of sustainable landscapes and gardens. Reviews ecological principles of sustainability for efficient energy use in the environment.
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: None

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. exhibit an understanding of the ecological basis for landscape sustainability.
  2. define practical approaches to solving and applying ecological principles to landscaping and gardening.
  3. analyze landscapes and gardens to improve their sustainability.
  4. demonstrate the ability to manage soils, insects, plants and diseases in landscapes and gardens.
  5. demonstrate skills in developing and maintaining landscapes according to sustainable principles.
  6. integrate concepts learned to manage a landscape with minimum input of highly synthetic chemical fertilizers, insecticides, and herbicides.
  7. explore implementation of sustainable concepts on a global level
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Horticultural laboratory, sustainable garden, greenhouse, and related horticultural facilities and equipment. Students provide pruning shears with sheath, work boots, leather gloves and clothing for field work.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Energy systems and concepts for plant production
  2. Role of soils (nutrients and microbes) in plant production
  3. Water management in sustainable landscaping and gardening
  4. Composting methods and use
  5. Insect and disease management
  6. Conceptual and regulatory issues to produce and sell "chemically free" and "organically grown" vegetables, herbs and flowers
  7. Marketing and sales of vegetables, herbs, plants, and flowers produced
  8. Cultural diversity and the sustainability concept
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Student field demonstration of concepts taught during course.
  2. Special project (paper, web page, landscape design, or construction project) to be defined according to the interest of the student and instructor.
7. Representative Text(s) -
Thomsen, William J. Sustainable Landscape Construction: A Guide to Green Building Outdoors. Island Press, 2nd Ed. 2007.

8. Disciplines -
Environmental Horticulture & Design
9. Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture
  2. Lab
  3. Demonstrations
  4. Discussions
10. Lab Content -
  1. Sustainable landscape design lab: Classroom lab on design of sustainable landscapes
  2. Sustainable landscape practices labs: Labs may include composting practices, use of recycled materials in landscape construction projects, and application of water conservation practices.
11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.
12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Reading assignments will include reading approximately 50 pages per week from the assigned text (2 hours).
  2. Lectures will address reading topics and experiences of the instructor. Classroom discussion and demonstrations in support of lecture topics will be provided.

13. Need/Justification -
This course is a restricted support course for the AS degree in Environmental Horticulture & Design.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2015-03-10 15:37:44

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines